Doctoral Student in Psychology at St. John's University

Adjunct Lecturer in Research Methods at Hunter College

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St. John's University – New York, NY

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in progress, anticipated 2022 completion

St. John's University – New York, NY

Master of Science (M.S.) in School Psychology

Fordham University – New York, NY

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.); Clinical Concentration with Specialization in Children and Families

Barnard College of Columbia University – New York, NY

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.); Psychology with Minors in Philosophy and Visual Arts


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My research focuses on childhood and adolescent social withdrawal. For many children, playing and socializing with friends is a rewarding and enjoyable part of daily life. Peer relationships also play a critical role in childhood social development. However, some children fail to engage with others, sometimes isolating themselves on the periphery of the play group. Though isolative behavior can look very similar, we have come to understand that children may have differing motivations and feelings about their solitude, which in turn can impact their trajectory and outcomes. A child who is shy, for example, may avoid socializing as a result of fear of social judgment, while another child may simply prefer solitary play without feeling anxiety around peers. Though these two children are both playing alone, their motivation and associated personal and interpersonal experiences may be vastly different. 

I also have a growing interest in meta-research, particularly surrounding questionable research practices (QRPs), publication bias, open science initiatives, and paradigm shift. 


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Teaching and Lectures

I currently teach Experimental Psychology at Hunter College, a four-credit lecture + lab course required of all undergraduate psychology majors. This course provides a broad overview of research practices in psychological science, including experimental design, ethical considerations, data collection, data analysis, methods of communicating results, literature searches, philosophy of science, and current directions in open and reproducible science. This is a challenging course, organized around the development and execution of four research projects.

I enjoy giving lectures on open science and navigating the grad school application process to undergrad audiences. Please get in touch if you'd like me to present a guest lecture on one of these topics with your students.


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Clinical Work

I am currently in training and not yet a licensed psychologist. As part of my doctoral program, I am being trained in psychological assessment, particularly surrounding issues that can impact learning and education, such as learning disabilities or social, emotional, or behavioral concerns. My clinical training has focused primarily on working with children and families. I have experience working in a residential treatment program, hospital-based outpatient behavioral health setting, community-based mental health clinic, and public school district. I am dedicated to learning and applying evidence-based treatments for goal-directed clients.

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